The crocodile monitor is reported to be the longest lizard in the world. Juveniles measure eight to 11 inches upon hatching. As adults, they can reach lengths of 13 feet. Round or oval shaped light yellow spots and flecks cover the body in transverse rows across the back. The head is long and flat and the lateral view displays a strongly vaulted muzzle. Monitors have long, pointed teeth and there are many flaps or folds of skin around the throat region. The tails is long and whip-like and is generally twice as long as the head and body. It is well adapted for tree dwelling with its long claws, elongated body and long tail.
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Up to 200 lbs.
Papua New Guinea, generally arboreal, or tree dwelling. Crocodile monitors inhabit rainforests and adjacent savannas.
Carrion, small reptiles, mammals, and bird eggs
Incubation is 5 to 6 months. Little is known about crocodile monitor reproduction.
Relationship with Humans
Currently not listed as endangered.